HHS d(en)ominates Math Day
By Jessie JanisFrom left: Dannell Kopp, Kylie Thompson, Tess Wolney, Liam Brook, Josie Pierce, Lindsay Hinton, Alexis Feldkamp and math teacher Karl Kliewer,
Tuesday, November 14, HHS students Terry Snyder, Kylie Thompson, Lexi Feldkamp, Josie Pierce, Dannell Kopp, Lindsay Hinton, Liam Brook, and Tess Wolney travelled to Washburn University to participate in Math Day. Math Day is an annual event sponsored by Washburn University’s Math Department, where students are given the opportunity to participate in math-related contests.
All attending students participated in the ‘Math-nificent Race,’ in which Hiawatha High placed sixth among nearly 25 schools (1A-6A). Hiawatha also took home a plaque in recognition of their first place finish, among all 2A and 3A schools, in the test portion of the contest. The score of this test was computed by using the top three scoring students’ amount correct out of 40 questions. There were 15 schools in this division overall.
Danell Kopp, Liam Brook, and Tess Wolney were the top three scoring students. Kopp earned honorable mention for her individual score on the test as well. This was the first time HHS has finished first.
“Students should attend if they enjoy math and enjoy being around others who do also,” said educator and math enthusiast Karl Kliewer.
Kliewer speaks fondly of the experience
“It was a lot of fun! Our students always have fun and see that they are learning math well compared to their fellow students at other schools.”
Overall, students had only positive things to say in regard to Math Day. Attendees Josie Pierce and Liam Brook spoke of the event.
“I would recommend Math Day to underclassman because it makes learning math fun and engaging by going beyond the classroom,” Pierce commented.
Brook recalls that, “it was a fun being a part of a community that both enjoys math and friendly competition.”